In this week’s issue:

Brand Updates

Halloween spending is reaching record levels . . . so we know people embrace the orange and black color scheme. It just so happens that Beaver Orange (CMYK 0-79-100-0 and RGB 220-68-5) and Paddletail Black (CMYK 0-0-0-100 and RGB 0-0-0) are the dominant colors – along with white – in the OSU brand color palette. Own the orange! There is also a land, sea, sun and space grant-based secondary color palette. You’ll find brand colors on pages 24-26 in the Extension Style Guide or on the OSU brand guide website

Leadership update: Weekly Q&A recap

As you know, we are test-driving several new communication channels in an ongoing effort to ensure direct, responsive, and transparent communication throughout our organization.

Though we had no participants on the first open phone line, we are receiving a few questions from the online form, as well as individual and small-group conversations. We’ll plan to provide a quick summary in each week’s ConnEXTion to recap what we are hearing, and sharing.

Remember, here are some of the ways to stay connected:

  • Online form to submit questions
  • Weekly open phone line with the O&E Executive Team. Thursdays, 2:00-2:30 p.m. Call 800-689-9374, passcode: 494085#
  • O&E Quarterly Conversation (Next is November 17
  • You are always welcome to contact members of our leadership team directly.

Operations and regional updates

When will the six new regions go into effect?

  • While the map is set, the staffing and implementation plan is in development and will be phased in as appropriate. Here’s what is in effect now, and what is coming next.
  • The Coast Region is in place, and Dr. Wiley Thompson began serving as Regional Director on Oct. 30.
  • The West Central Regional Director position search is in progress.
  • Please plan to join the Nov. 17 Outreach & Engagement quarterly conversation, where we will share additional details or new developments, as possible.

The Regional Administrator role is changing to Regional Director. Will the County Leader job change, too?

  • County points of contact remain vital in our organization.
  • There are no changes now to the county leader role.
  • At their November meeting, the OSU Extension Collaborative will be discussing and developing potential scenarios for consideration about the future of the county leader position.

Outdoor School

Many Oregon School Districts and Education Service Districts have completed Master Agreements and are submitting funding applications for the 2017-18 school year, which are due Nov. 14. Extension faculty and staff are important community connections, and you may receive questions from parents, schools, and others. If you do, it will be helpful for you to reiterate that the Year 1 application process is designed to be as simple and easy as possible, refer people to the Outdoor School webpage, and encourage them to contact us directly (

OSU Extension Web Project Update

Status updates, content team updates, and additional FAQs have been posted to the project website. On the project website, you can also enter your email address to receive notification of new blog posts directly.

Program Leader Sam Angima is hosting a webinar for the Ag & Natural Resources Extension Program on Nov. 3 to review the overall strategy, website content process, and expectations for working groups. Jennifer Alexander and Lucas Turpin, from the project team, will join to help answer questions. Refer to emails and calendar invitation from Sam for additional details.

We expect to launch the new internal/employee resources website the week of Nov. 13.

Diversity Highlights

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

Events and resources

Trick or Treat for UNICEF: Tonight Crescent Valley and Corvallis and High School students will be going door to door to raise money for The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Follow this link to find out if they will visit your neighborhood.

Uprooted: Japanese American Farm Labor Camps during World War II: The Oregon Multicultural Archives invites you to view the traveling exhibit “Uprooted” which showcases the history of the Japanese American farm labor camp near Nyssa, Oregon. The display can be found on the fifth floor of Valley Library and will be up through Jan. 5, 2018.

OSU Africa Initiative: Larry Becker, Professor, Geography, OSU, will present Whose Rice and for What? African Rice (Oryza glaberrima) Contradictions. Notes from the Field (2016) in Côte d’Ivoire, on November 2, noon, at the Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center. Contact: Larry Becker, Co-Coordinator, OSU Africa Initiative, 541-737-9504.

Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center celebrates 12 years in the Sunflower House with an event on Saturday, December 16, 10am – 4pm. Visit their website for more information about events, fundraisers, volunteer opportunies and upcoming, FREE community exhibits.

Taste of the ‘Chives-A Showcase of Global Flavors: Sample the many flavors brought to campus by international student clubs! This annual public tasting of archived recipes will showcase dishes such as caldo verde, lemon rice, aloo gobi, and others originally featured at cultural celebrations. The event is October 31, noon to 1 p.m, Valley Library- 3rd floor Willamette Rooms.

OABE Winter Institute:Empowering and Sustaining Multicultural and Multilingual Communities. January 12 & 13 at Lewis & Clark College. For more information and to register visit

In the News

Portland prison inmates complain about greasy dishes
Glenda Hyde, a food preservation and food safety expert with the Oregon State University Extension Service, said she’s surprised to hear such a large institution washes dishes by hand given the efficiency of modern dishwashing machines.

How mobile homes hinder the American Dream
City Lab
These homes, whether single or double wide, provide low-cost housing for 20 million Americans. Katherine MacTavish, a professor at Oregon State University is the co-author of the recent book Singlewide: Chasing the American Dream in a Rural Trailer Park.

Oregon legislators reflect growing Latino influence
Statesman Journal
Latino candidates are a “demographic inevitability,” said Ron Mize, associate professor of language, culture and society at Oregon State University.

NEAFCS Award Winners

Shana Withee (4-H/FCH Harney County), Communication Photography Award, 1st place Western Region Winner

Tonya Johnson (FCH Marion County) and Jessica Ramey, Communications Radio/Podcast Program Award, 2nd Place Western Region Winner

Glenda Hyde was thanked for her service on the NEAFCS Board as Vice President of Public Affairs, (National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences).

All of these were awarded at the NEAFCS National Conference in Omaha, NE Oct 16-19.

What are you reading?

We are experimenting with a new weekly feature in ConnEXTions. Please share an interesting book, blog, or article you’ve read lately. What’s one insight you gleaned?

Here are a couple to kick us off:

  • Book: The Five Dysfunctions of a Team. I read this as part of my LEAD21 program. It’s a quick read, and the biggest takeaway for me was the concept of prioritizing the team you are on over the team you lead. – Jennifer Alexander
  • Book: The Originals. I led a discussion group on this book for the last LDPE cohort, and it sparked some interesting conversation. I know some of you picked up this book at last spring’s Innovate event. – Scott Reed

Extension in the News

Managing manure, mud a challenge for livestock owners
Capital Press
Whether it is for commercial or comfort reasons, Oregon State University Extension specialists stressed during a recent workshop that management of mud and manure is important for animals.

GMOs–solution to hunger or against our values?
Tillamook County Pioneer
Troy Downing asks some tough questions: How does the planet have the food and water to support this many people? How have we been able to feed so many to this point? No matter how you look at it, modern agriculture has a serious challenge trying to balance input resources like land, water, and labor and the demands of feeding 7.5 billion people today, and 11.2 billion people by the end of the century.

Searching for water efficiency in farming
La Grande Observer
Dr. Wang is dedicated to utilizing his geographic-specific research at the Union Research Station to help farmers and ranchers in Eastern Oregon grow cattle feed crops in a customized way that maximizes returns.

In this week’s issue:

Brand Updates

The Extension Style Guide is a big step toward helping Extension have a consistent voice and visual presence, which over time will help build greater awareness of the value and work of OSU Extension. Have you checked it out yet? Creating a consistent way to tell the Extension story is one its biggest values. On page 21 of the Style Guide are a few ways to talk about Extension—who we are and what we do. When you are making a community presentation or introducing OSU Extension to a potential partner of a community influencer, refer to and use these statements.

Extension Letterhead Templates Update

All Extension letterhead have been updated to include Outdoor School in the footer. Letterhead templates for University Outreach and Engagement, OSU Open Campus, Oregon Outdoor School and each OSU Extension county/location are available in OSU Box in the same unit subfolders as logo files. Please begin using the updated templates immediately.

Extension Specialists win Awards

Gene Pirelli was honored by the Yamhill County Soil and Water Conservation District at their Annual Meeting on Wednesday, October 18th with the Frieda L Miller Conservation Educator Award.

Retired Extension Field Crops Agent Susan Aldrich-Markham was also recognized with the Special Service Award in Conservation for her work in mapping road side vegetation and noxious weed locations.

A Oct. 13 Leadership Update: Recording and Recap

The recording is now available for the Oct. 13, 2017, Outreach & Engagement Leadership Team Update. For a recap, including helpful links, please refer to the the Oct. 17 issue of ConnEXTions newsletter.

Extension Professional Development Fund Applications

Through the generous donations of Extension supporters, OSU Extension offers professional development funds to support Extension faculty and staff in their professional development activities. The next quarterly deadline for Extension Professional Development Funds is November 1st. Applications that will be considered must be submitted BEFORE the deadline and BFORE the professional development opportunity.

Diversity Highlights

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

Events and resources

Make a Difference Day: Join Student Leadership & Involvement and the Center for Civic Engagement for this year’s Make a Difference Day 2017, happening on Saturday, Oct. 28. Make a Difference Day is a nationally recognized day of service where thousands of people across the country work to improve their community. Projects are open to OSU students, faculty, staff and their partners/dependents. We will be hosting 5 different projects with start times in the morning and going to mid-day or mid-afternoon. We are partnering with Corvallis Housing First for home/shelter beautification, Wildcat Ridge Sanctuary for tree and flower planting, Student Sustainability Initiative, Growing Food Security,HSRC, and Organic Growers Club for Let’s Squash Food Insecurity – Pumpkin and Squash Processing Party, Greenbelt Land Trust for stream stewardship, and Meals on Wheels for crafting place mats and meal bags. More information and registration:

Social Justice Education Initiative for Fall term! The SJEIis a professional development program from Academic Affairs for all OSU faculty, staff, and graduate students aimed at building knowledge about equity and inclusion, and developing intercultural competencies. In addition to the platform curriculum, comprised of Session One and Session Two, there are new shorter workshops that explore specific topics with more depth. Now is a great time to build your equity and inclusion skills! Custom and unit-level delivery is possible in addition to these general workshops. Space is limited, register today

PACE Course: The Conscience of Hollywood: The rise of social protest cinema:Hollywood in the 30s, in all its uncanny and prescient wisdom, was quick to respond to the social injustices it perceived at the time with a stream of hard-hitting and uncompromising entertainments designed to ignite the passions and fuel the hopes of beleaguered movie-goers across the country. Oct. 28 – Dec.16 (No class on Nov 11 and Nov 25). Saturdays at 11 a.m., Cinema 21, 616 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR. Cost: $79.99 Register here:

In the News

International students key to US lead in innovation
University World News
Dr. Grace Atebe, director of the Office of International Services at Oregon State University, said while there is an increase in the number of international students taking STEM fields in graduate schools, the notion that this was “shutting out” domestic students was “far-fetched and incorrect”.

Disability pride: Why disability is not a bad thing
Exceptional Parent Magazine
A piece by OSU’s Kathleen Bogart.

OSU makes a deal with Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center
The nonprofit literacy center has been providing a wide range of cultural, language and educational services at the Sunflower House on 128 S.W. Ninth Street for the past 12 years. It will now relocate to the former site of OSU’s Asian & Pacific Cultural Center on NW Jackson Ave.

Historical report connects Corvallis founder to pro-slavery newspaper
A report by a team of scholars at Oregon State University says Corvallis founder Joseph C. Avery may or may not have been pro-slavery himself — but was fine with using pro-slavery sentiment to advance his political career.

Are the names of some OSU buildings racist?
Oregon State University is considering whether to change the names of four campus buildings that some students believe are named for racists. One is Gill Coliseum, home of the Oregon State basketball teams.

Stay Connected

As we work together to evolve as an organization to address challenges and opportunities, it’s vital to remain connected. Here is a reminder of opportunities available for updates, questions and connection. We also need your feedback. Please let us know how these communication channels are working (or could work better) for you. Thank you!
• Weekly open phone line with the O&E Executive Team: Begins this week, Oct. 26
o Thursdays, 2:00-2:30 p.m.
o Call 800-689-9374, passcode: 494085#
Online form to submit questions to O&E Executive Team
o We’ve received 5 comments/questions since launching the form.
o Two questions have been answered via subsequent updates in ConnEXTions and the web project website. Others are informative as we plan for future conversations (e.g., weekly open line, Quarterly Conversation, and Extension Annual Conference updates).
o Please keep the questions and comments coming!
• O&E Quarterly Conversation (Next is November 17)
• Regular updates in ConnEXTions newsletter
• Statewide update emails and web meetings as needed
• You are always welcome to contact members of our leadership team directly.

Regional Leadership Updates

Thank you to Dr. David Hansen for providing administrative leadership duties on the Oregon Coast during the interim period. We are grateful for his service and for taking on this important assignment.
Welcome to Dr. Wiley Thompson, who will begin serving as OSU Extension’s Regional Director for the Coast Region on Oct. 30, 2017. Dr. Thompson has led and served in organizations ranging in size from 16 to almost 1,000. His last active duty assignment was as the Head of the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering at West Point. Thanks also to the search committee: Jeff Sherman (chair), Dr. Sam Angima, Chip Bubl, Elissa Wells, Valerie Grant, and Kaety Jacobson.
• The West Central Regional Director position is posted and closes Nov. 17, 2017. This position will cover Benton, Lane, Linn, Marion, Polk, and Yamhill counties. Please share the opportunity with your networks, and help us recruit a strong candidate pool.

Extension in the News

Winter-blooming plants help bees overwinter in your yard
SF Gate
Antony Melathopoulos, bee specialist with Oregon State University Extension Service. “You can’t simply start up your gardening routines (for pollinators) again in the spring.

Seaside tsunami survey measures awareness, preparedness
Daily Astorian
Researchers will work with Patrick Corcoran, Oregon Sea Grant Extension coastal hazard specialist, to develop public forums for sharing results with Seaside residents.

State Plate: Oregon
Bernadine Strik and Chad Finn, OSU berry researchers, promote Marion blackberry desserts on national TV.

In this week’s issue:

New Extension Regions Map (& Other Leadership Updates)

On Friday, Oct. 13, the Outreach & Engagement Leadership Team hosted an update and Q&A session to provide information, clarity, and context for several strategic initiatives occurring over the next year. The recording link will be available in next week’s ConnEXTions issue. Here is a brief summary.

A Message from the Director – Scott Reed

Scott Reed recently returned from the Epsilon Sigma Phi Conference, where he received the organization’s highest recognition and delivered the prestigious Ruby Lecture. He shared observations from this and other recent conferences:

  • Extension needs a big tool box, nimbleness in services.
  • The status quo puts us at risk.
  • Extension must move past efficiency to a culture of innovation. This requires a growth mindset.

Operations and Regional Updates – Lindsey Shirley

Guided by our organization’s values, our organizational structure and operations continue to evolve to address these challenges and opportunities, move forward on priorities, and communicate our relevance to stakeholders.

  • We are beginning to move to a six-region structure. The map (OSUES_6regionmap) is set, while the staffing plan is in development and will be phased in as appropriate. Regional leadership positions will be retitled “Regional Director.”
  • This structure allows us to maintain and enhance strategic connections with partners and stakeholders, while adding value in terms of managing costs and increasing effectiveness.
  • County points of contact remain vital in our structure.
  • The Coastal Regional Director recruitment is in the final stages and will be announced the week of Oct. 16.
  • The West Central Regional Director position will be posted soon.

OSU Extension Digital Strategy and Web Upgrade – Jennifer Alexander

Our approach to digital strategy will enhance and support our statewide presence by adding an improved, user-focused website and, eventually, a CRM (customer relationship management) tool. We will also move internal (employee resources) content to a separate website. Program content teams are beginning to assess and evaluate content for the new public website. For updates, content team info, and FAQs, please see the project website.

Innovation and Advancement Highlights – Jeff Sherman

  • In partnership with PACE, we will begin offering faculty-staff fitness off-campus, beginning with yoga and high-intensity fitness. Watch for more information at Extension Annual Conference.
  • Two innovation projects were funded: Snapchat Geofilters (Jamie Davis) and Disability access to all programs (Marilyn Lesmeister)
  • The OSU Gateway project will move forward, increasing affordable, online access to the first two years of an Oregon State education. Extension will likely have a leadership role in this project.
  • The next LDPE cohort kicks off in December.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Update – Ana Lu Fonseca

Ana Lu reviewed the mission of our Division’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; announced a new webpage, which will house helpful links and resources; and announced several upcoming university-wide initiatives that we are involved in. She also thanked the more than 40 people (and counting!) who have signed up to be part of our Diversity Champions team. This team has a kickoff event on the Monday of Extension Annual Conference.

Outdoor School Update – Kris Elliott

Kris thanked everyone—employees, stakeholders, advisory committee, and other partners—who has been involved in getting this new program off the ground and well-positioned for success. He reviewed the Year 1 funding process and Year 1 goals for creating and sustaining an excellent program. For information, refer to the OSU Extension Outdoor School webpage. Direct questions to

Staying connected

As we work together to evolve as an organization to address challenges and opportunities, it’s vital to remain connected. Following this meeting, we will continue to provide opportunities for updates, questions and connection via:

  • Statewide updates (like this) as needed
  • O&E Quarterly Conversation (Next is November 17)
  • Online form to submit questions to O&E Executive Team
  • Weekly open phone line with the O&E Executive Team, beginning Oct. 26 (details in next week’s ConnEXTions)
  • Regular updates in ConnEXTions newsletter

We need your feedback. Let us know how these communication channels are working (or could work better) for you. Thank you!

New DEI Website (and Other Diversity Highlights)

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

Events & Resources:

Become a Diversity Champion: The newly created Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion for the Division of Outreach & Engagement needs your help!  Becoming a Diversity Champion is your opportunity to play a key role in the Division’s evolution towards a more diverse, inclusive and equitable culture. Sign up to become Diversity Champion here as soon as possible to ensure your seat at the Diversity Champion Kick-off event at the Extension Annual Conference (conference registration is also required to attend the kick-off sessions and space is limited).

New Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) webpage for the Division of Outreach & Engagement: Visit for information about the office and to find useful resources and tools. We will continue to add content in the upcoming weeks and months, so please check back regularly for updated information.

FREE OSU Webinar: Q&A Session About Community Health Workers. Get exclusive access to an expert-led Q&A session and learn how community health workers can help improve health care while lowering overall costs. Webinar starts Oct. 17 at noon – sign up here for access.

The History of Mexicans in Oregon: Join Dr. Erlinda Gonzales-Berry on October 22, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at the Corvallis Church of the Good Samaritan. No registration is required.

Noche de Alma Latinoamericana Concert: This evening will feature bilingual educator, children’s author and recording artist, José-Luis Orozco, and pianist duo, XX Digits Duo, and offers fun activities for the whole family. You are invited to wear traditional wear and/or accessories that represent your culture during the event. Event and parking are free! Sunday, October 22, 2:30 – 7:30 pm at the Oregon State University LaSells Stewart Center.

OWHE Conference Scholarship: OSU’s President’s Commission on the Status of Women (PCOSW) is offering funds to cover registration costs for OSU tenure line and non-tenure line faculty, staff, and students to attend the 2018 Oregon Women in Higher Education (OWHE) Conference in Sunriver, Jan. 26-27, 2018. In order to apply, please complete and submit the online form by Friday, Oct. 27. Notification of awards will be sent by Friday, Nov. 10. Questions? Contact Karen Holmberg.

In the News

Oregon State University President Edward J. Ray explains the continuing need to build and support our diverse communities in his recent address to Oregon State Faculty Senate.

Editorial: OSU report on Arnold sets the stage (Democrat-Herald)

Oregon State University’s report on the life and times of Benjamin Lee Arnold — the namesake for OSU’s Arnold Dining Hall — provides an excellent starting point for the university’s discussion of its history and whether it should rename some of its buildings.

OMSI Announces Science Communication Seminars

OMSI is excited to announce an upcoming Science Communication Seminar. These half-day or full day workshops are designed as professional development opportunities for STEM-based professionals and will highlight various aspects of communicating science in each seminar. They are a great opportunity to build your science communication skills while networking with other scientists, engineers, and professionals in the field.

The next two seminars, Developing Your Message and Data Visualization & Presentation, will take place Saturday, November 18th. You may sign up for either seminar individually, or take both for a full-day experience. Tuition is $125 for each seminar, or $200 for the full day. Lunch will be provided for all full-day participants.

For more information, including descriptions of each seminar, please visit the OMSI Communication Services website and click on “One Day Science Communication Seminar”. To register directly, please go to the registration form.

ESP National Awardees

Congratulations to our OSU Extension colleagues honored with national awards by Epsilon Sigma Phi (ESP)! Dr. A. Scott Reed is the 2017 recipient of Epsilon Sigma Phi’s highest recognition – the Distinguished Service Ruby.  As the Ruby Recipient, Dr. Reed gave the prestigious Ruby Lecture at the Ruby Luncheon on Tuesday, October 10, 2017, during the 2017 ESP National Conference. (See article)

Awardees receiving Western Region recognition included Oregon Gamma Chapter members:

  • John Williams, Continued Service Award
  • Lynette Ranney Black, Mid Career Service Award – tie
  • Jamie Davis, Early Career Service Award
  • Pamela Rose, Visionary Leadership Award
  • Ross Penhallegon, International Service Award
  • Carole Smith – SNACZ (Students Now Advocating to Create (healthy snacking) Zones, Distinguished Team – tie

Extension in the News

County extension expands into new offices
Blue Mountain Eagle
From supporting 4-H kids and county fairs to advising farmers and ranchers, the Oregon State University Extension Service offers a wide variety of …

Cities put proposed tax districts on ballot, minus one
East Oregonian
Cities in Umatilla and Morrow counties have passed resolutions putting the proposed Oregon State University Extension Service districts to voters, …

Not all Master Gardeners start out as expert gardeners
Statesman Journal
The program — part of Oregon State University Extension Service — reached 106,000 people in 2016. “Becoming a Master Gardener is a fantastic …

OSU researchers respond to Oregon wildfires
The Daily Barometer
OSU Extension Foresters, such as Nicole Strong, collaborate with many stakeholders, including county, state and federal partners, to create the best …

In this week’s issue:

Leadership Team Update and Q & A

On Friday, October 13, 2017 from 9:30-10:30 AM, you are invited to join the Outreach and Engagement leadership team for an update and Q & A session. Join us in Kidder 202, or join via and ask your questions online.  The meeting and conversation will be recorded.  Over the next year, our organization will be implementing and initiating several strategic initiatives.  The purpose of this meeting is to provide you with clarity and context surrounding the changes that will be occurring.  The strategic initiatives that we will be sharing with you will contribute to us being proactive about our future.

If you wish to submit questions in advance, or as a follow-up, I encourage you to do so using this online form. Please refer to the October 9 email from Lindsey Shirley for more details.

Diversity Highlights

Events and resources

Charlene Alexander Welcome Reception: A reception welcoming Charlene Alexander, new Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer with the Office of Institutional Diversity, will be held from 3-5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 10 in the Student Experience Center (SEC 112). All members of OSU and the broader community are invited to enjoy desserts, beverages, and to meet Charlene. For more information or questions, please contact University Events or 541-737-4717.

Microagressions Against LGBTQ & Disabled People Workshop: Join Barbara Diamond, Diamond Law Trainings, on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 from 9:00am – 12:00pm at the Linn Benton Lincoln ESD, 905 4th Avenue SE, Albany, OR. Register here by Wednesday Nov 1st, 2017.

The History of Mexicans in Oregon: Join Dr. Erlinda Gonzales-Berry on October 22, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at the Corvallis Church of the Good Samaritan. No registration is required.

PCUN’s Annual Celebration: This year’s celebration falls on the famous Mexican holiday “Dia de los Muertos” (Day of the Dead) and on PCUN President, Ramon Ramirez’s, birthday. Thursday, November 2 at 6:00 p.m. at SEIU 6401 SE Foster Rd. Portland, OR 97206. Purchase tickets here!

Queer, Trans and Disabled: Join in on a social gathering to build community with folks in the LGBTQ+ community with shared identities and experiences. This social space will be held for disabled identifying folks and friends. Join us Oct. 10, noon – 2 p.m., at the Asian & Pacific Cultural Center for some snacks and a chance to make new friends in the community! View the Facebook event page. To request accommodations related to a disability, please email or call (541) 737-9161.

In the News

OSU research: Gene therapy for the deaf(Corvallis Advocate)
Researchers at Oregon State University have been working on what could lead to the development of gene therapies for those born deaf. Mutations in a protein called otoferlin, which binds to calcium receptors in the sensory hair cells of the inner ear, can be directly linked to hearing loss.

Julie Green at Texas State University (Glasstire)
Julie Green,an Oregon State University-based artist, combines our familiarity with food and our fascination with prison life in her exhibition The Last Supper: 700 Plates Illustrating Final Meals of U.S. Death Row Inmates at Texas State University’s Galleries in San Marcos.

NIFA wants to hear from you

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture is accepting input from stakeholders regarding research, extension, and education priorities in food and agriculture. A series of four in-person listening sessions hosted in different regions across the country and submission of written comments will offer two ways to share your thoughts and ideas. Stakeholder input received from both methods will be treated equally.

This listening opportunity allows stakeholders to provide feedback on the following questions:
• What is your top priority in food and agricultural research, extension, or education that NIFA should address?
• What are the most promising science opportunities for advancement of food and agricultural sciences?

Follow this link to give NIFA your input.

Award nominations and grant application all due this week

Please send in your nominations for OSUEA Awards, as well as applications for a Hoecker Grant by October 16, 2017. Information is available at this web link:

Extension Administration seeks nominations for two Alberta Johnston awards. These nominations are also due October 16, 2017, submission is by email to

Extension in the News

Growing concern over the health of Oregon’s bee population
KPTV Fox 12 news, October 4, 2017
Features Antony Melathopoulos, Extension Entomologist

Fuels management can be a big help in dealing with wildfires
Herald and News, October 8, 2017
Features Daniel Leavell, Extension Forester

In this week’s issue:

Branding Update

The OSU Extension Service Style Guide is here! Refer to it to learn more about—and use—the new Extension sub-brand. You can find it on the Extension Employee Resources website under Marketing Tools. The Extension style guide supplements the OSU master brand guidelines.

Information and templates will be added in the weeks and months ahead, such as co-branding, email signatures, and visual elements and messaging for each of the Extension program areas. Additions to the style guide will be announced in ConnEXTions. And look for brand-related educational sessions at Extension Annual Conference. If you have questions, or want guidance on how to incorporate the Extension sub-brand, please contact Ann Marie Murphy online or by calling 541-737-1327.

Diversity Highlights

Events and resources

Gardenswartz & Rowe Downloadable Diversity Resources:.
Follow this link to access an archive of downloadable PDFs on such topics as How do you recruit for Diversity and Are Stereotypes and Prejudice Sabotaging Your Organization?

Title IX update:. The U.S. Department of Education announced that it has replaced prior federal Title IX gender equity directives with new interim guidance. This new guidance does not mandate changes to OSU’s current standards of evidence or enforcement procedures.  OSU will continue to monitor any changes to federal regulations that may apply and provide updates as they become available.  Additional information on the new policy and process, and resources for affected students and employees, can be found at

Noche de Alma Latinoamericana Concert: This evening will feature bilingual educator, children’s author and recording artist, José-Luis Orozco, and pianist duo, XX Digits Duo, and offers fun activities for the whole family. You are invited to wear traditional wear and/or accessories that represent your culture during the event. Event and parking are free! Sunday, October 22, 2:30 – 7:30 pm at the Oregon State University LaSells Stewart Center.

Resources available from OSU’s Disability Access Services:
OSU’s policies related to disability
Disability Access Services Faculty and Staff Guidelines
Disability Access Services Faculty Training

Oregon State University Leadership has provided these DACA tools:
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Undocumented Student
FAQs: and an OSU Undocumented Student Toolkit:

In the News

Strong family ties improve employment options for people with childhood-onset disabilities (Medical Xpress)
Family and close friends play an integral role in helping people with childhood-onset disabilities attain quality employment as adults, a new study from Oregon State University has found.

Memory care facilities multiplying in Oregon (Bend Bulletin)
To prepare, Oregon’s Department of Human Services commissioned PSU and Oregon State University to prepare annual reports on the availability, cost and other characteristics of long-term care in the state.

Dogs help boost physical activity for kids with disabilities (Animal Wellness Magazine)
According to a recent study conducted at Oregon State University, a family dog can help children with disabilities incorporate more physical activity into their lives. In addition to ground-breaking findings related to the health of children with disabilities, this study is one of the first to evaluate how a dog’s behavior and wellbeing are affected by their participation in animal-assisted therapy.

OSUEA Awards and Hoecker Grant

Please send in your nominations for OSUEA Awards, as well as applications for a Hoecker Grant by October 16, 2017. Information is available at this web link:

Extension in the News

Think Too Much: Is this a teachable moment about wildfire?
Albany Democrat-Herald, September 24, 2017
Features Janean Creighton, Forester

Wild weather year proves challenging for small farms
Albany Democrat-Herald, September 25, 2017
Features Amy Garrett, small farms program, Nik Wiman, orchard specialist, and Patty Skinkis, viticulture specialist.

A plant for everyone at the Lane County Master Gardener Association Fall Festival in Eugene
Eugene Register Guard, September 26, 2017
Features Eugene Master Gardeners