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

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