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.

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